Welcome to the Yorkshire Branch of The Western Front Association. 

We meet on Saturdays at 2.30pm

Venue

The branch venue for our monthly meetings is easy to find, being the main hall of Manor Academy, Millfield Lane at Nether Poppleton. The postcode (for Sat Nav purposes) is YO26 6PA. 

Millfield Lane can be accessed off the A1237 (York's northern ring road).

 

Above: A street view of the venue, showing the ample (free) car parking that is available.

 

See map in the lower left area of this page for the location of our venue. 

We don't make any charge but request a donation on the door of a modest £4 which includes refreshments.

 

Car Parking

There is a large free car park on site. In the unlikely event that the car park is full, there is plenty of free off-street parking immediately opposite the school. 

 

Buses

The number 10 bus (out of York City Centre) runs every half hour and stops directly outside the school.

 

Refreshments

After the presentation, but before the Q&A session with the speaker, we have a break with refreshments available. 

 

Members and non-members of The Western Front Association are equally welcome.

Any new visitors are guaranteed a friendly atmosphere and a warm welcome from a group of like-minded enthusiasts.

The 2022 speaker programme is shown below. 

No apology is made for the emphasis on operational history in the BEF in France and Flanders, which is the most popular type of talk. However, we do have a good selection of other presentations as well, covering social history, life 'off duty' and naval operations.

As ever we have managed to book some highly respected and well known speakers as well as some speakers who are new to the branch.  

We look forward to welcoming you to our branch meetings. 

Upcoming Branch Events

A Game of Two Halves: The 21st Division in 1918 by Derek Clayton
09 Jul

A Game of Two Halves: The 21st Division in 1918 by Derek Clayton

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
09 Jul 2022 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

In March, April and then May 1918, the men of 21st Division were unfortunate to find themselves facing all three of the major German Spring Offensives. Losses were so severe that disbandment was contemplated. The Division recovered, however, and played its part in the 'Hundred Days' advance to victory in the summer and autumn of that year, fighting…

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A Nuclear Scientist’s War: The experience of Alexander Smith Russell by Terry Dean
10 Sep

A Nuclear Scientist’s War: The experience of Alexander Smith Russell by Terry Dean

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
10 Sep 2022 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

This talk tells the story of Alexander Smith Russell who pre-WW1 carried out research work in Radioactivity and was a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry.  He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery from January 1915, seeing action at Loos. In February 1916 he was selected to join the first Sound Ranging course under Willie Bragg and two months later w…

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All Arms Warfare - a West Yorkshire Brigade at Cambrai by Fraser Skirrow
08 Oct

All Arms Warfare - a West Yorkshire Brigade at Cambrai by Fraser Skirrow

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
08 Oct 2022 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

On 20th November 1917 the West Yorkshire Battalions of 185th Brigade assaulted the fortified village of Havrincourt as part of the Cambrai offensive. This talk looks at how that attack was conducted on the day. Using animations based on the orders and war diaries and a set of little known letters and maps from an officer of 2/8th West Yorks the pre…

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